At the request of the Office of the Attorney General, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho withdrew Friday the fugitive arrest warrant issued against a Chinese national wanted in Las Vegas, Nevada since 2013 for theft and fraud related to casino gambling debt.
This means the criminal case against 56-year-old Da Gong Jiang is being withdrawn.
CNMI chief prosecutor John Bradley, however, said that Jiang may still be held in custody since he also has a pending hold by federal immigration authorities. Bradley said any decision about this is up to federal authorities.
In the CNMI’s motion to withdraw filed Friday, Bradley disclosed that after communicating with the Clark County, Nevada, District Attorney’s Office-Bad Check Unit, the Commonwealth learned that Jiang has posted the cash bail required in that jurisdiction.
Bradley said the Clark County District Attorney’s Office has asked the Commonwealth to dismiss the fugitive arrest warrant.
In a fax message to Bradley dated Dec. 5, 2019, Frances Gomez of the Clark County District Attorney’s Office reportedly informed Bradley that their office will not extradite Jiang back to Nevada.
“Please release our fugitive hold, per chief deputy DA Jeffrey S. Rogan, full cash bail has been posted in our jurisdiction,” Gomez said.
Bruce Berline appeared as private counsel for Jiang.
According to court documents, Jiang arrived last Nov. 14 at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport with his wife for a vacation on Saipan and, while being processed, the U.S. Customs Border Protection discovered that he was wanted in Nevada and there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.